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Eyes on Aussie quicks

By Kim Hagdorn
28 November 2012 08:44AM EST

AUSTRALIAN coach Mickey Arthur will oversee delicate individual recovery programs for his bowlers ahead of the crucial Third Test against South Africa in Perth.

Gutsy frontline speedster Peter Siddle is in for some extra special tender-loving care after his high profile gut-wrenching endeavour to bowl his country to a vital Test win in Adelaide.

The hard-nosed Siddle and workhorse swing specialist Ben Hilfenhaus might not even bowl before the opening morning of the deciding Test on Friday.

Siddle pounded down 64 overs in a herculean performance to almost bowl Australia to victory in Adelaide's Second Test and is racing time for a full recovery before the final clash of the three-match series.

Australian team management rushed four potential replacement seam bowlers into a 14-man squad for Perth and lost rising star strike force James Pattinson to a serious side strain.

Arthur declared each seamer will have a specialised program ahead of final selection.

"The training becomes more individualised now with such a quick turnaround," Arthur revealed.

"We've got a lot of new bowlers coming in. Those bowlers will be very keen to impress I'm sure.

"The quality of bowling around the nets is going to be first rate - and I'm sure our bowlers are going to get a really good hit out and be ready to go come Friday morning."

Big left-arm seamer Mitchell Starc looms as a front-line contender to replace Pattinson, while veteran Test quick Mitchell Johnson joins Victorian John Hastings and emerging New South Wales spedster Josh Hazlewood in line for a showdown Test call-up.

Starc was 12th man at Brisbane and Adelaide and is considered somewhat of a potential lethal weapon bowling down-breeze at the WACA Ground with the prevailing strong south-westerly wind aiding his dangerous in-swing to right-handers.

Arthur expects his bowlers and Australian team overall to rejuvenate the forceful momentum established in almost pulling off a crucial victory in Adelaide against the reigning world number one ranked nation.

Arthur expects the Aussies to generate their levels of competitiveness from the moment the next Test kicks off.

"Momentum is only started again from the first ball of the next Test match," said Arthur.

"We took a lot of good psychological things out of Brisbane. We take a lot of good out of Adelaide."

Ironicall, raw South African seamer Rory Kleinveldt has declared that the Aussie camp could be "deflated" after debutant Faf du Plessis who denied the home side almost certain victory in Adelaide with a brave 110 not out.

The powerfully built seamer does not under estimate Australia's capacity to continue with ferocious fight in Perth with the world number one title on the line.

"The position they were in probably makes them feel deflated," he said.

"If it was our dressing room we'd be disappointed not to win the Test.

"It must've been tough for them not taking this match but it's 0-0 still. There's everything to play for. I'm sure they'll pick themselves up for it and come hard on us."

South Africa is expected to have back into their attack big strike bowler Vernon Philander, after he missed the Adelaide Test with a back complaint.

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